Take pictures - they last longer




Someone recently asked me, "Why photography?"

Though I answered on the fly, the question hasn't left me. What if there was a way to say everything you want to say - instantly - from the mind's eye perspective? Taking pictures has long been a way to take in the world around us and process life. One of the parts I enjoy most is that even though it's a form of self-expression, I find that it causes others to connect with each other on a level I never really expected. Meanwhile, it's hardcoded with my personal voice at the same time. 

I haven't resolved to be a niched photographer for several reasons. For one, life is just too rich to settle down and focus on one subject IMO. I love the freedom of having my camera always ready to capture moments of God's beauty - in whatever form in it may be. Secondly, even if I did decide to choose a particular niche, I would have too much trouble deciding between ministry, travel, and the day to day moments that light up my world. Thirdly, Annie Leibovitz said it best,

One doesn't stop seeing. One doesn't stop framing. It doesn't turn off and turn on. It's on all the time. - Annie Leibovitz 

So 'why photography'? It lasts longer, it's worth a thousand words, you never know how much a moment might mean to someone in the future, it's easier than drawing, it's fast and always moving, and you'll never get the same photo twice. It's worth the chase.